UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 9, 2020
Savvy investors look to job postings to predict a company’s performance
Since jobs data are difficult for the average person to obtain, “It’s not a level playing field,” says Dr. Alex Nekrasov, who co-wrote the research with Elizabeth Gutiérrez, an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Chile; Ben Lourie, an assistant professor of accounting at the University of California, Irvine; and Terry Shevlin, a professor of accounting at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

NBC News, Aug. 8, 2020
Do esports have camera operators? Sort of, but they get yelled at more
Isaac Jimenez, 22, received a scholarship to play Overwatch for the University of California, Irvine, esports team and later joined OWL as an observer. He said his family had a hard time wrapping their heads around the concept that their son was working as a virtual cameraman for an international video game competition.

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 10, 2020
A vision for post-pandemic investing
Richard Sudek, PhD, chief innovation officer, UCI Beall Applied Innovation writes, “I believe we are at an inflection point in our industry; our circumstances have provided us the opportunity to move past old habits. I propose that virtual pitches and screenings become not just an option during the pandemic but a key component of all angel groups now and beyond the pandemic.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Gizmodo (The Conversation), Aug. 10, 2020
Don’t rush into a hydrogen economy until we know all the risks to our climate
Michael Prather, UCI Distinguished Professor of Earth system science and others write, “A hydrogen-based energy future may likely provide an attractive option in the quest for a zero-carbon economy. But all aspects of the hydrogen option should be considered in an holistic and evidence-based assessment. This would ensure any transition to a hydrogen economy brings climate benefits far beyond fossil-fuel-based energy systems.”

Recruiter.com, Aug. 10, 2020 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: Proportional prejudice: How diversifying your applicant pool can lead to a less diverse workforce
Ming D. Leung, UCI associate professor and Sharon Koppman, UCI assistant professor at the Paul Merage School of Business write, “Ultimately, proportional prejudice increases the likelihood employers decide to hire when more typical applicants apply and not to hire when more atypical applicants do. … Armed with this knowledge, we have been helping managers detect bias in hiring, identify where bias resides in the process, and effectively communicate their efforts with everyone involved. In this way, managers may increase the diversity of their workforces without inadvertently reproducing the bias they are trying to eliminate.”

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